Larry A. Chino is a member of the well-known Chino family of Acoma potters in New Mexico and the younger brother of potter and jewelry maker C. Maurus Chino. While Larry Chino makes ollas and pots with traditional methods and designs, he also makes wonderfully creative contemporary Native American pottery. This 6 1/2 inch diameter plate is a perfect example. The pottery plate was slipped in white and given a geometric fine line design in black around the rim.
The center of the plate is painted with polliwogs, along with young and adult frogs. Since frogs tend to come out when it rains, they often symbolize the ability to bring rain; the slanted fine lines are also representative of rain/water. The plate's title, painted in black on the underside, is "Frogs Emerging." It's hand signed in black printing 'L.A. Chino Acoma' with a penciled notation of 125- probably the original price. Larry Chino's business card is included.
The slightly dished plate is in excellent condition, with a small smear of black paint on the upper left edge of the rim the only flaw. It weighs just 1/2 pound and is an unusual Acoma pottery piece by a talented potter.